Vintage Glass insulators were first produced in the 1850s for telegraph lines, then for telephone and power transmission lines. They insulated and protected the wooden poles from the electricity coursing through the wires. They are made from glass, porcelain or composite polymer materials (nonconductive materials). That was the insulator’s main purpose. Hemingray, Brookfield, and Whitall Tatum are some of the companies who made them. Glass insulators are perfect for upcycling projects, and with their industrial style, they are an excellent material for lights, candle holders, planter or other decorations. Their gorgeous colors and decorative edging, as well as the manufacturer’s markings were works of art when aesthetics were important along with functionality. Here are some of the 30 best ideas we’ve found and that are made from old glass insulators.
Glass Insulator Candleholder & Tea Light
A rusty bed spring and a vintage aqua glass insulator make a cute little votive holders.
Can you picture these adorable lanterns lighting up your next outdoor party? Just add long twists of wire to create handles and hang them from the nearest nail or branch!
Who would’ve thought an industrial product that isn’t needed anymore could become an elegant centerpiece or mantle piece?
Make Vintage Glass Insulators into various Pendant Lamps and Chandeliers!
Who would’ve thought that thick, sturdy glass insulators could become part of this delicate, airy chandelier that could be used indoors or outdoors! It is a beautiful way to create unique artwork for your home.
Upcycle an old skeleton key and scrap wire into this curly-footed little candle holder that would add a touch of rustic elegance to any room!
- The Definitive Guide to Colorful Insulators
- Michael Bruner
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing